The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's Groupon for Southern fare at Beans & Cornbread in Southfield presents another option when there are no illusionists handy. Choose between two options:
• For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch (11 a.m.–4 p.m.).
• For $20, you get $40 worth of dinner.
Located at the cultural crossroads of Dixie and Motown, Beans & Cornbread smothers soul-food cravings with a slew of savory Southern delectables peppered with Michigan-grown collard greens, fresh salmon, and farm-raised catfish. The lunch menu fuels the computer-bound for an afternoon of office hopscotch with a chicken-and-waffle special ($5.99) or a more robust slab of gravy-slathered meatloaf juggling fresh-baked cornbread, sweet-potato muffins, and two additional sides ($10). At the sound of the dinner tuba, prime taste buds with a spicy starter of shrimp sautéed in cayenne barbecue sauce ($9) before demolishing a plate of lightly season B & C's fried chicken ($13 with two sides, $14 with three) or fresh salmon croquettes drizzled in roasted-pepper sauce ($14 with two sides, $16 with three). Each dish comes with a cadre of sides, including collard greens ($4), mac 'n' cheese ($4), candied sweet potatoes ($4), and black-eyed peas ($3).
Beans & Cornbread ornaments its butternut-squash-hued bistro with portraits of African American luminaries and historical memorabilia. An open kitchen suffuses the dining area with the scent of spices, and vintage blues, R & B, and Tuvan throat-soul waft through the air's more earful frequencies.
Beans & Cornbread
As blues and R&B tunes pour from the speakers, the aromas of Southern cooking spill from Beans & Cornbread's open kitchen, making mouths water for what Hour Magazine calls Detroit's best soul food. The dishes don't disappoint. From gumbo and catfish to fried chicken and pork chops, each entree oozes flavor and comfort, backed by the addition of homestyle sides such as candied sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas. It's down-home through and through, but as Gayot pointed out, the chef's "experience in upscale restaurants becomes evident" in each dish. The kitchen strives to use the highest quality ingredients, including fresh salmon filets, local collard greens, and farm-raised catfish that know how to milk a cow.
Metromix praised Beans & Cornbread's "modern elegance . . . with cushy purple booths and Motown and jazz memorabilia hanging on the walls," enough to earn TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. The restaurant also encompasses two other ambiance-rich spaces: Sidebar wine and martini bar, a sleek lounge with a copper bar and occasional live music, and Red Velvet, a VIP suite with leopard-print club chairs and an AV system ideal for parties and meetings of up to 50 people.
29508 Northwestern Hwy.
Southfield, Michigan 48034